Dimapur, April 25: World Malaria Day was observed today all over Dimapur District along with the rest of the world under the theme “Zero Malaria starts with me.” In Dimapur District, rallies by school children were organized in all the blocks to mark the occasion.
The 2019 World Malaria Day’s theme “Zero Malaria Starts with me” is a grassroots-level campaign which aims to empower the communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care. Although remarkable progress has been made to reduce malaria cases and deaths; the toll of malaria remains high.
Dr Imtiwabong, District Vector Borne Officer, Dimapur urged the participants of the rallies to keep their surroundings clean, remove stagnant water from their surroundings, and unclog nullahs and drains to avoid water stagnation, to remove objects and trash that may retain water near habitats. He also urged them to use LLIN treated mosquito nets and to report any fever and get tested for malaria for early detection and complete treatment.
He further informed that blood test for malaria can be done in any Government health units, and with the surveillance workers, ANMs and ASHAs at the village levels. The test can also be done at the office of Urban Vector Borne Disease Scheme attached to the Chief Medical Officer’s office Dimapur.
The schools which took part in the rallies organized at the block levels were Holy Cross Hr. Sec. School Dimapur, Rivenburg School Medziphema, Shepherd Montessori School Niuland, Little Flower School Chumukedima, GHSS Diphupar, GMS Diphupar, St. George School Dhansiripar
The rallies were organized by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program in coordination with the block SMO, MO, MTS , VTS, SW, and the respective school authorities.
Tuensang: Along with the rest of the World, Tuensang District observed ‘World Malaria Day’ in eight villages under eight blocks of the district today. Rally march was carried out by school students to mark the day.
During the observance, which was held at New Chungliyimti village, Chare block, District Vector borne officer (DVPO) Tosoviho highlighted about the target set by India to eliminate malaria by 2030 and about the effort made to prevent and reduce malaria cases. He requested to the participants that, in order to prevent malaria cases the public also have to take the initiative with the department.
A short speech on ‘Prevention of malaria’ was delivered by Imti, Surveillance inspector, Chare and Takayangba VDB secretary and ‘Zero malaria start with me’ was highlighted by Suzila.
The programme was attended by church leaders, village council members, NGOs and students of GPS Right to information. (Page News Service)